Don’t look back!

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
(Joshua 24:14 (NIV))

In other words, once you have decided to follow Jesus and claim Him as your personal Lord and Savior, do not return to the things that you used to do.

It is the same concept in both the Old and the New Testaments.

Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
(Luke 9:60-62 (NIV))

What do you have in your past that you turn to that you shouldn’t? What do you look back at and still long for in your heart?

What are the things that you worshipped that still find their way back into your life? Is it money? Is it power? Is it lust?

You can’t worship these false gods and serve the one, true God.

You must make a decision to turn away from these things and follow only the God of Abraham, the God of Jacob, the God of Isaac, and His only begotten Son, Jesus.

Consider the following scenario. You are driving down a road that has many dangerous distractions that can lead to death. You pass something that intrigues you. What would happen if you elected to turn around and look behind you while trying to navigate the road that is ahead of you? A walk of faith with Jesus is the same. Jesus will lead you on your journey through the danger, but the enemy is trying to distract you so that he can destroy you. The world is a treacherous place with all of the sin and distractions. Turning toward the sins of the past will only bring harm.

Where are you going? Are you looking back at your sin and false gods or are you keeping your eyes on Jesus?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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